Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]: Summary Tape File 4A (ICPSR 8282)

Published: Aug 13, 2002

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census



Version V4

This data collection contains tables from the 1980 Census of Population and Housing, which were tabulated for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs), tracted portions of states outside SMSAs, and the following SMSA components: counties, places with 10,000 or more inhabitants, and census tracts. The tables primarily contain sample data inflated to represent the total population, plus 100-percent counts and unweighted sample counts of persons and housing units. Tabulated population items include household relationship, sex, race, age, marital status, Spanish origin, education, nativity, citizenship, language spoken at home, ancestry, children, place of residence in 1975, veteran status, work disability status, labor force status, travel time to work, means of transportation to work, industry, occupation, class of worker, income, and poverty status. Tables of housing variables cover number of units at address, presence of complete plumbing facilities, number of rooms, tenure (whether owned or rented), vacancy status, housing unit value, contract rent, units in structure, stories in structure and presence of a passenger elevator, year structure was built, year householder moved into unit, acreage, source of water, sewage disposal, heating equipment, house heating fuel, water heating fuel, cooking fuel, kitchen facilities, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, telephone in housing unit, air conditioning, number of automobiles, vans, and light trucks, and selected monthly owner costs (real estate taxes, property insurance, utilities, and mortgage payments). Two series of population and housing tables, A and B, are shown for each geographic unit. The A tables are tabulated once for the total population, while the B tables are repeated for the total population and up to six different race and Spanish origin groups: (1) white, (2) Black, (3) American Indian, Eskimo and Aleut, (4) Asian and Pacific Islander, (5) other race, and (6) Spanish origin. The data for each state are contained in a separate file. Altogether, 34 states and the District of Columbia are represented in the collection.

United States Department of Commerce. Bureau of the Census. Census of Population and Housing, 1980 [United States]:  Summary Tape File 4A. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002-08-13. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08282.v4

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This collection is incomplete. There are no data for 16 states: Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming.

The case counts shown below are actually record counts.

Each table cell is represented by a single variable in the data. The Population A, Housing A, Population B, and Housing B tables comprise 5, 20, 11, and 8 records per case, respectively. Overall, there are 44 distinct records which contain some 8,600 variables. The number of records per case depends on the number of B table iterations. Cases with all six race/Spanish origin iterations have the maximum number of records and variables: 158 records and some 30,000 variables.

There are two components to the Census: a 100-percent enumeration and a sample of approximately 19 percent of housing units. Basic demographic information, such as age, sex, and race, was collected from all persons and housing units. More detailed information was collected from the sample of housing units.

All persons and housing units in the United States.

self enumerated questionnaires

census/enumeration data



2002-08-13 The Ohio data were replaced because the previous copy was found to be corrupted. Data were added for Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.


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